Get Involved

Throughout the year we run opportunities for young people and our wider community in the Midlands to get involved through bespoke projects.  Check out the below to see our current projects and how we engage with writers.


We are looking for a freelance Creative Engagement Producer to join the Fifth Word team!

The Creative Engagement Producer will oversee two major programmes of activity:

‘See Me’ (Phase 2)

In partnership with Nottingham Libraries and supported by Nottingham Playhouse and New Art Exchange, ‘See Me’ (working title) is an inspirational living history project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We will recruit Muslim young women in Nottingham and train them in oral history skills, photography, filming and audio recording. Equipped with these skills they will then meet and interview inspirational women of Muslim heritage in Nottingham. They will film and record the interviews and take portrait photographs of the interview subjects. The interviews will then be turned into an audio podcast (hosted by the young participants), which will be released weekly, launching to coincide with the opening of Fifth Word’s new touring theatre production ‘Liberation Squares’ in mid-April 2024. We will also create an exciting touring pop-up physical exhibition, featuring a portrait image of each interviewee.

Liberation Squares Outreach Programme

The Creative Engagement Producer will also lead on planning and delivering the extensive wraparound participation activity that will take place alongside the premiere and tour of ‘Liberation Squares’. The production will premiere in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse from 12th–27th April 2024. It then tours from late April to early June.

About the Role:

We are looking for a Creative Engagement Producer to lead on delivering both projects above, with the support of senior Fifth Word staff and in close liaison with our key partners.

Please refer to the full job description for more details about the role.

Contract: Freelance

Timescale: From Jan 2024– Dec 2024

Fee: £250 per day

This is a 12-month fixed term contract. The proposed time commitment is an average of 2 days/week for 6 months, Jan-June 2024 and an average 1 day/week for 6 months, July-Dec 2024.

Application deadline: Tuesday 12th December 12 noon

For more information and details on how to apply, please download the full job description. Also available in Large Print here

Engaging with Writers

We’re excited to hear from artists who are interested in the company’s work. We try and see the work of up-and-coming writers wherever we can. To invite us to see your work, either in person or in digital form, or to let us know more about the work that you are interested to make, please email us at

We have currently paused our open script submission portal, to allow us to catch up with the ongoing post-Covid backlog, and while we re-evaluate how this opportunity can serve writers and align with Fifth Word’s long-term strategy in the most meaningful way. The script submission portal will reopen later in 2023. Keep an eye on the News page for more updates on the portal, and other new development opportunities for writers, coming soon. 

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Playwrights’ Resources and Keeping Creative

Here are a few of the resources and opportunities available for emerging writers – this list is by no means exhaustive but might be a useful starting point:

Free writing exercises from the Royal Court

Masterclasses from the Bush Theatre

Blogs, toolkits and webinars from the Bruntwood Prize website

Artist development opportunities –

Nottingham PlayHouse

New Diorama

CP Theatre

Birmingham Rep

In Good Co

Everyman Playhouse

Bristol Old Vic

High Tide

BBC Writers Room

Financial Support, Wellbeing, Unions

Peggy Ramsay Foundation:

Grants are available for theatre writers in order to afford them the time and the space to write. You can be a writer who’s only had one play professionally produced, a writer who’s had dozens or a writer who’s somewhere in between – if you’re struggling to pay the bills, then they can help.

Acting for Others:

Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need, through their network of 14 member charities.

Actors’ Benevolent Fund:

For professional actors and stage managers who are in need due to illness, injury, or old age.

Arts Council England:

Funding for arts projects of all scales, that benefit people in England. You can apply as an individual for a Project grant for a particular project, or for a Developing Your Creative Practice grant for general support to develop as an artist.

ACE list of other funding sources:


Trade union representing over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries.

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain:

The main UK trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry etc.

Wellbeing in the Arts:

Mental health support services for artists.

Freelancers Make Theatre Work:

Volunteer-run advocacy and support organisation for the 200,000+ self-employed and freelance workers who make up 70% of the UK theatre workforce.